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Connors, Rumpf & Gove 9th District
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June 17, 2020
Connors, Rumpf & Gove Start Online Petition to Save Senior Freeze and Homestead Benefit Programs

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Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove are demanding that the Senior Freeze and Homestead Benefit programs be protected and fully funded under the State Budget. To respond to and organize growing public opposition, the 9th District legislators have created an online petition calling on Governor Murphy NOT to cut the Senior Freeze and Homestead tax relief programs.

Connors, Rumpf & Gove have launched an online petition urging Gov. Murphy not to cut the Senior Freeze and Homestead Benefit property tax relief programs. (©

“Eliminating or cutting the Senior Freeze or the Homestead Benefit programs would have a devastating financial impact on taxpayers, especially seniors, who rely on those programs to stay in their homes and pay their bills. As such, vital property tax relief programs must be prioritized and fully funded in the State Budget. The question shouldn’t be if these programs are funded, but how.”

The Murphy Administration already eliminated the Homestead Benefit credit from property tax bills that were due on May 1st, forcing homeowners to pay more. Now they are threatening to remove the valuable tax credit from bills due in August, November, and 2021.

“For taxpayers who stand to take a sizable financial hit if the Senior Freeze or Homestead programs were cut or eliminated, our online petition will serve as a rallying point and broad forum to fight yet another state policy that would work against taxpayers. A very direct and forceful message needs to be sent directly to Governor Murphy and the Legislative Leadership controlling the State Budget process that taxpayers want and desperately need relief, not more policies that they will be on the losing side of, as is the case with the state’s school funding formula.

“Unquestionably, the 9th Legislative District stands to be disparately impacted based on our large local senior population. It is utterly unconscionable for the state to even consider cutting these property tax relief programs that would have the effect of unnecessarily creating more hardships for taxpayers, especially seniors, during these unprecedented and uncertain times.

“That these programs have even been targeted by the Murphy Administration is a direct consequence of the state’s reckless, budget-busting policies that include, but certainly are not limited to, spending taxpayer dollars to establish New Jersey as a sanctuary state. COVID-19 has further exposed the weaknesses inherent in New Jersey’s extreme tax and spend policies that many viewed as not only blatant socialism but obviously unsustainable. Taxpayers should have to pay the price for failed policies.”

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